August 29 2014

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Out And About On Fashion’s Night Out


As the first day of shows at Lincoln Center was coming to a close, the FNO festivities uptown were already in full swing. Michael Kors put on his own version of American Idol, turning his Madison Avenue store into a karaoke parlor for amateur contestants and bringing in Kate Upton, Nikki Reed, and Debra Messing to judge. Of FNO, Kors said, “It’s a new holiday. It’s Halloween, it’s New Year’s, and it’s all about style.”

Not far away, a more seasoned performer was taking the stage at Manolo Blahnik: Cyndi Lauper. “It’s kinky boot night!” Lauper said. (Kinky Boots is the name of the new musical she’s developing, about a drag queen and a shoemaker, which will head to Broadway next year; Lauper was wearing a red suede pair by Blahnik for the occasion.) “I love fashion, I’m sorry, I do. I like to give it a twist here and there, a little tug and a pull, deconstruct it a little. I don’t want to look in a magazine and see a 12-year-old in something I’m being pitched to wear.”

At the Calvin Klein store, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat was signing copies of his new book A Father First, while models including Karen Elson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Kasia Struss, fluttered about. “I always like to push the envelope a little bit,” Wade told as Ryan Lochte walked by. “With athletes the door is open for us in fashion, and we’re getting into it and enjoying it.” One block over at Bergdorf Goodman, Aerin Lauder (who was celebrating the launch of her eponymous cosmetics line) kick-started the retailer’s 111th birthday celebrations, which later in the night included visits from a host of boldface names like Thakoon Panchigul, Bobbi Brown, and Victoria Beckham and various festivities on the different floors. The scene at Saks was also a multi-story party, ranging from Oscar de la Renta signing fragrance bottles to manicures with Rebecca Minkoff to ping-pong with Susan Sarandon. Before her performance on the eighth floor, songstress Vanessa Carlton admitted, “I’ve never played a shoe floor—there’s some really nice shoes here. And, I’ve never played Saks before.”

It was a night of many firsts. At Bottega Veneta, creative director Tomas Maier was enjoying his first-ever FNO in New York, and over at Ferragamo, Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova were hosting their first fête at Ferragamo, in honor of the Italian label’s Russian-themed Fall collection. “At first I thought it would be very overwhelming because I’ve never hosted a night before, but now I think it’s amazing,” Ziourova told while she clutched her Fabergé egg bag. As waiters passed out latkes, borscht tartar, and plenty of vodka, Duma said, “You know, Russians really love toasts. Sometimes there are people in Russia that, when they’re drunk, they’ll go on toasting for 20 or 30 minutes without reason. But tonight we’ll toast by saying good luck to the fashion industry.” A few guests at the Fivestory party, hosted by Olympia Le-Tan, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Arielle de Pinto, could have used that luck for the cut-throat game of Pictionary that was taking place. “I lost,” Le-Tan reported. “The first theme was ‘fashion people’ and I drew Donatella Versace. I think I did a good job but then someone on my team had to draw Mad Men and it was terrible so we lost.”

Downtown in Soho, the streets were so packed you could barely move. But the DKNY store, conveniently spacious and air-conditioned, offered some relief. That is, except where model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss, who just signed with IMG, was standing. A crowd gathered around Kloss, who was holding a tray of Karlie’s Kookies (get the recipe here) made in collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar. “They are fashion-week approved,” she told (translation: “There is no butter and no sugar”). And better yet, she swears she eats them. “I have been eating them all day, I just came from the bakery.” There to support a different kind of FEED was Lauren Bush Lauren, hawking her do-gooder bags.

Over on the west side at Balenciaga, the line wrapped around the store for an audience with Grace Coddington, Vogue‘s longtime creative director. She couldn’t take all the credit. Some went to Pumpkin, her beloved tabby, whom she’d illustrated wearing several seasons’ worth of Balenciaga looks for a Steidl book some years back. Her friend Nicolas Ghesquière was so taken with them that the label printed them on limited-edition bags and scarves, which Coddington happily signed for fans at Balenciaga’s West Chelsea store for FNO. What does Pumpkin think of her newfound fame? “She loves it!” Coddington reported, though, a more press-shy starlet than her owner, Pumpkin wasn’t in attendance last night. A few blocks away, black was the color of the evening—as in BLACK, Comme des Garçons’ popup-turned-permanent store on 17th Street. Only a few shoppers at a time could fit into the minuscule store space, but many more made an impromptu block party outside, fueled by ice cream from a Brooklyn churner. Near nine o’clock, the designated cutoff time, there seemed no signs of dispersal—perhaps because the plastic snap-band watches CDG offered gratis as FNO gifts were all showing Japanese time. Diane von Furstenberg, however, was running on Democratic National Convention time last night. “Let’s all meditate,” she commanded at her Meatpacking District space. “Today is a little crazy so I’m going to go upstairs to watch the President.” Cue loud cheers. “I see this is not a Republican crowd,” she quipped. “Good, we have that in common.”

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Milan When It Sizzles


The hottest Milan men’s fashion week in memory coincided with a hotter than usual party calendar. It didn’t seem to matter that many attendees were pink-cheeked; the Milanese shows, which ended earlier this week, were reason enough to beat the heat and dare another glass of Prosecco.

With whom? “Friends and family” is how Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli (pictured, left) described the guests at the dinner he hosted for his Spring collection at Giacomo Arengario. If that’s the case, Zucchelli’s got some of the best in the business. The restaurant was full to bursting. Amar’e Stoudemire and fiancée Alexis Welch made an appearance, despite the fact that Stoudemire barely fit into the restaurant’s elevator. Even the mighty were dwarfed by the scenery, though. New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist admitted that in the presence of the magnificent Duomo—of which Giacomo has what must be one of the the best views in town—even a giant can feel small.

If Calvin played host to Milan’s guests, the Tod’s cocktail party welcomed Milanese natives. Designer Luisa Beccaria and blogger-about-town Micol Sabbadini were among Diego and Andrea Della Valle’s cocktail party for the new book dedicated to their countrymen, Italian Portraits. Domenico Dolce took the same theme from a different angle with Campioni, his new book of portraits of Italian footballers, the realization of his long-held dream of taking photographs. Fittingly, given the subject matter, at the late-raging party for the book’s release at the Metropol, Dolce & Gabbana’s show venue, the night’s Euro Cup match was projected on enormous screens about the fray. The party may not necessarily have helped Italy secure a victory over England, but it can’t have hurt.

While smaller parties flickered throughout the week—like Hercules magazine’s event for its project with accessory label Corto Moltedo, the line’s first collab men’s bag, and Hogan’s for its new ad campaign with Stephen Dorff—the editor-favorite Principe Hotel remained a constant source of slightly soused illumination. It was the place to see the week’s celebrity guests, like The Hunger Games‘ Alexander Ludwig, in town to take in Versace, or Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey‘s Lady Mary, who’d sat front-row at Burberry. One elevator was even closed to plebeian traffic, in the service of an unnamed big kahuna. (Sightings of Madonna filming a new video in Florence during Pitti Uomo sparked rumors that the Material One would be the surprise guest at Dolce & Gabbana, but alas, no.) Even Dorff put in a night or two. He filled in interested parties about the new Hogan campaign, the pictures of which are still a closely guarded secret. It was shot at Cinecittà studios in Rome, famously the stomping grounds of none other than Federico Fellini.

Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein; Courtesy Photo

Lagerfeld On All Things Royal, Including Kate Middleton’s Backside, And More of Today’s Top Stories


Karl Lagerfeld had a busy weekend. In addition to preparing for the Chanel Couture show next month and hosting French television channel France 2′s coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the designer took a stab at sketching Her Majesty. Although he meant to showcase the Angela Kelly dress that the Queen wore to the affair, Lagerfeld added his own special touches, and tweeted the image once he was finished (pictured). [Telegraph]

In other Lagerfeld news, sketching the Queen wasn’t the only way that the designer proved he was a royal enthusiast. During the Diamond Jubilee coverage, he admitted that Kate Middleton’s rear end is as “lovely as her sister’s.” [Huff Po]

Mark Arbeit, George Holz, and Just Loomis are staging a Helmut Newton homecoming. Protégés of the photographer, they have co-curated an exhibit entitled Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton, which opens June 14 at the Williamson Gallery of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The location here is key, as Los Angeles was where the iconic lensman spent most of his life. [WWD]

Congratulations are in order for basketball star and fashion darling Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks star, who’s known to frequent fashion events, is engaged to be married to Alexis Welch, the mother of his three kids. Stoudemire popped the question in Paris during a romantic evening overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Could that be any cuter? [Page Six]

Jean Paul Gaultier is going co-ed again during Couture and skipping out on a runway show during the Paris menswear fashion week later this month. Despite being on the provisional menswear calendar, Gaultier will stage an all-day presentation of men’s ready-to-wear at his Paris showroom instead. [WWD]





The Dream Team: Some Knicks, A Knowles, And Good Old Leo, Too


You could pinch yourself at last night’s opening of the Dream Downtown hotel, but they’d still be there: Leonard DiCaprio, Kellan Lutz, Stavros Niarchos, Carmelo Anthony, and Amar’e Stoudemire. Because at the Dream (as in dreams), logic barely applies, they were joined by mermaids, gogo dancers, and nearly naked fire-throwers. There was a beach club and a glass bottom pool visible from the ceiling of the lobby lounge, too. And, maybe most importantly of all, there was enough Patrón flowing to make more than a few partygoers wake up wondering whether the visions of Gossip Girl‘s Tika Sumpter dancing on the table top were real or imaginary. (Now you know: They were real.)

Most of the action, however, was upstairs at PH-D, the rooftop lounge where DiCaprio attempted to blend in with the crowd. (Camouflage wasn’t even an option for the impossibly tall Knicks gang, so instead, they held court from the center of the room, packed with the likes of Solange Knowles and Eve.) But a steady stream of girls gave Leo’s whereabouts away (as did a barricade of bouncers). As he surveyed the Samantha Ronson-DJ’ed dance floor, the star chatted with his friend, Vikram Chatwal. “We met between Los Angeles and New York,” Chatwal told, looking to DiCaprio for confirmation, before both got distracted by a hot tub party, taking place on another floor of the hotel but visible through the window. “Maybe you could ask me your crazy questions later in the hot tub?” A hot tub party did not ensue, but a few fully clothed party guests did test the waters in the pool on the lower level. Others, like DiCaprio, headed out before the dream was broken.

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Shopping For Art Like The Pros


Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been turning up on the fashion circuit more and more of late, making him New York’s no. 2 athlete-to-invite. (Pride of place goes, of course, to Sean Avery, who recently further endeared himself to the fashion community by taping a public service announcement in favor of marriage equality.) At last night’s Whitney Art Party, caught up with Stoudemire to see if he was planning to bid on any of the silent auction’s pieces, but learned that, no, that’s not the baller way. “I shop in a different sort of way,” he explained. “I like to go into an art gallery and describe what I want.” At a certain tax bracket, it’s ask and you shall receive, apparently. And it’s not restricted to art alone. Stoudemire can soon look forward to dictating fashion, too: He’s currently working with Rachel Roy on designs for her Rachel Rachel Roy contemporary label, which sells at Macy’s.

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Photo: Photo: Billy Farrell /